Is it really possible that the bones were purposefully placed in the pit with a quartzite stone tool for the purpose of “burying” dead?
That would mean our predecessors actually began responding to death beyond simple practicality by 400,000* years ago!
It is a glimpse into the complexity of humanity .
It is fairly amazing how much information each burial can bestow.
The puzzle is challanging when most of the pieces have disappeared.
From what remains in the earth, it isn’t until approximately 100,000 years ago that we find undisputed evidence of intentional burials.
The remains date to approximately 11,500 years ago.
“The Clovis complex is by some scientists considered being the oldest unequivocal evidence of humans in the Americas, dating between ca. The Anzick burials are widely known for the stone and bone artifacts discovered as well as the remains of two subadults.
Thought to be part of a burial assemblage, more than 100 stone bifaces and bone artifacts were recovered. Unfortunately, the site was highly disturbed so analysis remains problematic.
Some archaeologists believe that the use of ochre lumps at Skhul-Qafzeh indicates symbolic thought . Symbolic thought is considered to be along the lines of development of math and language.
The question of mortality salience isn’t even close to the only mystery that early burials can provide clues to solve. What is just as interesting to me is that one individual was buried with a boar mandible and another with antlers of a Red Deer.